“It’s something I would hope no parent has to go through,” Don said. “The hardest thing in my life was watching that helicopter take off. It was really scary.”
The Ochoas, who recently moved to Carmel Valley from Rancho Santa Fe, previously mingled golf and motocross with ease. Danny, who turned 15 in May, started riding motorcycles at the same age — 9 — he first competed in SDJGA events. His latest motorcycle was a prize for nearly winning the U.S. Kids Championship last summer in Pinehurst, N.C.
“The whole reason we were out (at the track) was for a reward,” Don said. “And I thought I’d ruined his golf career.”
Dr. Harish Hosalkar, an orthopedic surgeon at Children’s, spent hours putting Danny’s arm back together. He inserted two nine-inch titanium rods into the bone to provide stability. They won’t come out until the end of this summer.